The two most often asked questions I get regarding my crafting career are:
1. How did you get started?
2. What's the secret of a great card?
Well, the how I got started is a post for another day, but I'm here to help you with the second question. In fact, Paper Crafts is here to help you.
The Card Design Handbook is now on the stands (or could be ordered HERE). This "bookazine" is loaded with information on what constitutes a great card design. Of course, everyone likes different products and styles, but if you follow the basics of good design, it doesn't really matter what stamp you use, or what pretty flower you choose, your card will shine.
And, how about the cover? I was pretty darn excited to see that not one, but TWO of my cards were chosen for the cover. I'm in great company with Jennifer McG's creation (yeah, that's her stampy goodness in the right corner).
The cover is just the beginning, though. Inside you will find chapters on basic design concepts, color, composition, and even style. I was recently asked how to combat that overwhelmed feeling you can get when standing in a craft store gazing at five huge aisles of product. Where do you start, right? I think defining your style is a great place to begin the journey.
We all like to try new things, but if your style leans to ribbons, lace and pretty buttons, go with it! You probably don't need to buy those graphic stickers or bright orange cardstock. Figuring out your personal style can really help narrow down purchases and make shopping fun, again.
So, there you go. Watch for this special issue in your local store, I promise you will love it. And, keep an eye on the Paper Crafts Connection blog the week of August 20th - we'll be sharing more about the issue.